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Fact check: Has Raleigh mayor debated her opponent ‘multiple times?’ Not exactly.

Raleigh mayor fires back at runoff challenger

Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane took Charles Francis to task for what she called “misleading rhetoric” during a press conference outside City Hall Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
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Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane took Charles Francis to task for what she called “misleading rhetoric” during a press conference outside City Hall Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

The candidates for mayor are apparently divided not only on issues facing the city, but over the definition of “debate.”

Charles Francis on Sunday called for a runoff election against Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, who failed to get the 50 percent of the vote required to secure a win. (She got 6,000 more votes than Francis in the Oct. 10 election, but that was only good enough for 48 percent of the vote.)

So Francis, a trial attorney, has reiterated his desire for a televised debate. He claims McFarlane is avoiding him. McFarlane, for her part, fired back at Francis in a press conference on Monday, accusing him of misleading rhetoric.

“We debated multiple times,” McFarlane said. “I’m not sure why he keeps bringing up this narrative that we’ve never debated. We had multiple forums. There were maybe five.”

Her campaign notes that Francis has twice referred to events they attended as debates: in closing comments during the Aug. 15 Raleigh Wake Citizens Association forum; and on his Facebook page when he referred to a Sept. 28 forum as a debate.

To see why we rated McFarlane’s claim Half True, go to PolitiFact.com.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht

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